Man who ran into gym with a knife is going to jail

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A West Seneca man who stormed into a fitness center with a knife is going to prison.

A judge sentenced 24-year-old Louis Doll to one-and-a-half to three years behind bars on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to menacing and attempted menacing of a police officer.

Jackie Sullivan, an employee who works the front desk at Planet Fitness in the Seneca-Ridge Plaza, told News 4 that Doll walked in with a knife while a gym member was leaving, and says he was screaming that he was crazy.


“That look in his eyes, he was not kidding around,” she said. “It was very scary because I thought he would go after me first since I was working.”

Sullivan says Doll went around the gym holding the knife and kicking over garbage cans while taunting members. At some point, he tried to leave the gym, but members blocked Doll’s path to avoid letting him leave until the police came.

According to Sullivan, when police arrived officers instructed Doll to drop the knife, but he refused. Police say after they ordered Doll to drop the knife, the man took a fighting stance, and a Taser was used to incapacitate him and take him into custody.

Doll was removed from the gym while screaming and threatening to kill police and himself.

No one was injured in the incident, even though several gym members were in close proximity to Doll throughout the ordeal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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